The catastrophe in Colombia 30 years ago saw the introduction in 1989 of the National System for the Prevention of Disasters, which not only embraced improved disaster management but also disaster risk reduction as a policy.
Viet Nam has been affected by both Cyclone Podul and Typhoon Haiyan over the past ten days. At least 41 people have been killed in rains triggered by Podul, adding to the 14 people killed during Haiyan.
The population is at risk of waterborne diseases as wells are contaminated by flooding. The health and hygiene training that volunteers received during the 2012 floods is paying off as IFRC mobilizes returning volunteers.
The plan was drafted by the Solomon Islands Government and humanitarian partners and was presented to donors on 7 March. SB$24 million of funding requirements remain unmet. A further SB$30.8 million has been identified for reconstruction activities. While emergency shelter and WASH needs are being met, the costly medium and longer term reconstruction of homes and rehabilitation of water systems will require additional funding.